Root Canals

Root canals are a dental procedure performed when tooth decay reaches the innermost layer, or pulp, of your tooth. When the innermost layer of the tooth becomes infected, it can cause pain, swelling, and inflammation. Root canals effectively remove decayed tissue from the pulp and tooth roots, which preserves the tooth’s structure and prevents the need for extraction. Once the decayed tissue is removed during a root canal, a dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to protect it, as well as to restore its appearance and function.  

Did You Know?

Root canals don’t actually cause pain, rather they relieve pain. Although many people often associate root canals with being painful, it is actually the decayed tissue that causes pain and inflammation. Because root canals remove this tissue, they can actually alleviate discomfort that was previously felt. Also, with the help of local anesthetics, you should feel no more discomfort during your root canal than you would during a routine filling.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a candidate for a root canal?

You may be a candidate for a root canal if you have severely decayed teeth that has resulted in the pulp becoming infected. Signs of infected pulp include: tooth pain, sensitivity to temperatures, pain while chewing, tooth discoloration, tenderness when touched, and swelling, drainage, or tenderness surrounding the lymph nodes or gums. Once the pulp becomes infected, the only way to save the tooth is to have a root canal. If you think you may be in need of a root canal, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today!  

What should I expect during root canal treatment at Glen Park Family Dentistry?

When having a root canal at Glen Park Family Dentistry, you will first be anesthetized to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Then our dentists will remove all the decayed or diseased tissue from your tooth. Once the decayed tissue is removed, the remaining pulp chamber will be thoroughly cleaned and then filled with a substance called gutta percha. The final step is to restore the remaining tooth structure with a dental crown.  

What type of post-treatment care is required after a root canal?

After your root canal, you may experience some general soreness and tooth sensitivity. This is because your tooth is still recovering from the inflammation you experienced before the procedure. Any soreness and sensitivity should fade within a few days. You can return to your normal dental routine immediately after your root canal. Your daily dental routine should consist of brushing twice a day for two minutes at a time and flossing at least once a day. To maintain your oral health, you will also want to visit Glen Park Family Dentistry once every six months for your dental checkup and cleaning. Additionally, if you have a provisional, or temporary, restoration you may need to exercise caution while eating until your permanent crown is placed.     For a full-range of high-quality dental care, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today! Glen Park Family Dentistry proudly serves Glen Burnie, MD and the surrounding communities.
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